Sunday, May 13
7th Sunday of Easter
Preacher: Rev. Michael Mumme
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Sermon: "Did Jesus Really Have to Die?"
Everyone has questions about God and faith—everyone! In April and May, worship will focus on a question raised from one of you about God, the Bible, or Faith. To view upcoming sermon topics, visit our worship schedule page.
Bring Back Your Bells
Remember the bell you received at FUMC on Christmas Eve? The one that was meant to remind of you of God's presence in your daily life? Well, it's time to bring your bell back to church so we can form a bell banner for Pentecost! Tie your bell to the banner in the sanctuary foyer this Sunday, May 13 or on Pentecost Sunday, May 20.
ASP Stock Sales
9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sidewalk
Our Appalachia Service Project (ASP) team is raising funds for this year’s mission trip to Kentucky, June 15-26. Stop by to meet our youth. Read More .
Meeting for Coastal Bend Mission Trip
10:00 a.m., Murchison Chapel
Numerous families in the Crossroads and Coastal Bend Districts remain displaced from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. First UMC plans to respond by sending mission teams this year to aid with long-term recovery. Volunteers, including youth ages 14 and up, are invited to join our mission team which will travel to Sinton, TX (near Corpus Christi) to help with the rebuild effort. Our first trip is planned for July 15-18. Read More .
Young Adult Lunch
12:15 p.m., Front Steps, Sanctuary Building
Young adults (ages 18-35) are invited to meet for lunch together once a month. This group will walk or carpool someplace nearby to eat. For more information, contact Devon Bailey at
Churchwide Pentecost Picnic
Register by this Sunday!
On May 20 at 12:15 p.m. on the West Capitol Lawn, we will celebrate Pentecost (the birth of the church) and our newest confirmands at a churchwide picnic. Bring your picnic blanket and come prepared to purchase lunch from local food trucks. Feel free to bring outdoor activities—washers, frisbees, bubbles, etc. In order to prepare our food vendors with an estimated headcount, we need your RSVP by May 13. Register Now .
Celebrating Our Graduates
In May, we celebrate seven high school graduates and five college graduates. High School graduates include Madison Austin, Alexander Drazic, Aiden Dulaney, Olivia Gonzalez, Carter Harrod, Kennedy Schuelke, and Dessie Tien. College graduates include Hunter Ausley Flores, Amanda Cripe, Jessica Ellis, Scotty Stevens, and Katie Wallingford. View Our Graduates .
Kids’ Night Out
May 18
6:00–9:00 p.m. Education Building
Pizza and a movie for the kids (infants-1st grade) and date night for the parents! Cost is $25 for first child, $8 for siblings.  Read More .
Kids’ Club
May 18
6:00–9:00 p.m. Education Building
All 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders are invited to a night of faith building through games, mission projects, a movie, and pizza! Read More .
Connect for Tweens
May 18
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Room 202, FLC
Calling 5th, 6th, and 7th graders! Connect bridges children and youth ministries by building relationships. Read More .
Children's Choir Musical: Oh Jonah!
May 20, 10:00 a.m.
Wesley Hall
Join our Children’s Choir for a fun-filled musical based on the Old Testament story of Jonah that carries a serious message about responsibility. Come be blessed by their performance.
FUMC T-Shirt Sale
May 20
10:00-12:15 p.m., Sidewalk
Show your FUMC spirit! FUMC t-shirts (S to XXL) are available for $10 each to wear during missions or other church activities or just for fun. Purchase while supplies last!
Books for Pickle Elementary
Our next Book Sale is Friday, May 25 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Please bring all gently used or new book donations to the Genesis classroom, located behind the Library in the sanctuary building. Students, parents and teachers buy these books for 25 cents to build their home libraries. Spanish language books are appreciated. Kids love dinosaurs, animals and insects, monsters, fairytale, adventure, sports and exploration books. Only current titles please. If you have questions or wish to volunteer, email .
FUMC Hosts Liturgists Podcast
May 25-26
FUMC is pleased to host the Austin Gathering of The Liturgists on May 25 and 26. Gatherings are a spinoff from the immensely popular podcast that provides a place for the spiritually homeless and frustrated to explore issues of faith, science, and art. The gathering at FUMC will be the first time The Liturgists have visited Texas and FUMC welcomes the opportunity to host this diverse and exciting group of spiritual seekers. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit .
Farewell Reception and Love Offering for Wendi Olinger
May 27, 12:00 p.m.
Wesley Hall
For more than 10 years, Wendi Olinger has been a constant presence in our congregation, as Children's Choir Director, Associate Music Director, a teacher at FUMP, and a soloist and section leader in the Sanctuary Choir. Her family will be relocating to the Pacific Northwest this summer. We will miss her dedication and her wonderful talents. Please come to her farewell reception on May 27 at 12:00 p.m. in Wesley Hall. A love offering is being collected for Wendi. Donations may be made to the church, noting her name in the memo. Contact for more information.
Summer Worship Series
May 27-August 12
Do you wish you knew more of the Bible? Then, the "Story of God" summer series is for you! We’ll start with the first chapter of Genesis and end in Revelation in August. The daily readings are short and cover essential passages of the Bible. Worship will focus on passages we are reading the week before. We’ll offer easy-to-use weekly discussion guides for individuals, small groups, or Sunday School classes. All who wish to participate in group discussion are invited to Wesley Hall each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  Read More .
The Red Bench
May 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Family Life Center
FUMC is proud to host The Red Bench, an ongoing dialogue program designed to address the most pressing needs of our time: improving interfaith understanding and civil discourse in our society. Each conversation is centered on moderated small group discussions that are genuinely respectful and safe. This event on mental health is free and open to all. A light, vegetarian meal will be provided. Register Now .
Baby Celebration Lunch
June 3, 10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
We will be honoring the families who have children under the age of three years with a brunch. Come meet other parents with little ones and receive a special blessing. If you have recently welcomed a new addition to your family, or you and your child are new to our church family, please plan to attend the celebration. You may RSVP to . Parents may bring your little ones with you, or drop him or her off with our childcare staff.
First Steps
June 3, 12:15 p.m.
Garrison Chapel, Family Life Center
Prior to joining the church, we ask all to participate in a First Steps class to learn about Methodist beliefs, meet the pastors, and ask questions. Sign up with or submit your registration online .
Celebrate Our 5-Year Reconciling Anniversary
June 3, 12:00 p.m., Wesley Hall
Share stories and celebrate our journey of full inclusion as a reconciling church at a catered lunch.
Vacation Bible School
July 23-27, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sanctuary Building
Ages 4 years through completed 5th grade are invited to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! The cost is $30 before June 1, then $40. Register at . To volunteer, contact .
Summer Sports Camp
July 23-26, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Family Life Center
A multi-sport camp for ages 5-12 consisting of fun games like dodgeball, kickball, capture the flag, and more. The cost is $85 before June 1 and $95 after June 1. Register at .
Family Service Day at Community First! Village
May 19, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
9301 Hog Eye Road
Community First! Village provides affordable, sustainable housing, and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless. A typical service day entails harvesting the gardens, laying pathways, tending the chicken coop or goats, dry landscaping yards, beautifying the property, etc. Read More .
Summer Teaching for Children and Youth
Sundays, June 3-August 12
Summer Sunday School teachers for children and youth are needed each week during the summer months. We give our regular teachers the summer off. We count on parents and other church members to step in allow our amazing young disciples to get to know you. Curriculum will be provided and rooms will be prepared for you to be able to confidently walk in to the classroom. Sign up at .
Vacation Bible School
July 23-27, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sanctuary
For a safe and fun VBS, we need over 50 adult and youth volunteers! We can help you find the perfect spot to serve, so come join the fun! Free childcare is provided for volunteers with children under four years old. To sign up or for more information, contact Sarah Whitley at
All are invited to participate in our ongoing monthly service opportunities.

FreeStore 3rd Saturday
May 19, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Memorial UMC
Sort, organize, and shelve donated items; assist shoppers; bag items; provide hospitality; and share stories over a cup of coffee. Something for everyone, so just show up and serve. Read More .

Mobile Loaves & Fishes 3rd Sunday
May 20, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., MLF Kitchen
An opportunity for first timers of all ages to give this ministry a try. Join the Make-Ready Team from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (preparing food and loading truck) and/or the Truck Team from 5:00-6:30 p.m. (delivering food around Austin). Read More .

Feed My People 4th Tuesday
May 22, 4:45-7:00 a.m., Family Life Center
 Come help serve breakfast to 300 of our homeless neighbors. Preparing, cooking, and setting up begins at 4:45 a.m.; serving begins by 6:00 a.m.; and clean-up is finished by 7:00 a.m. Arrive and leave to meet your schedule.  Read More .
The FreeStore connects people who need and people who need to give, through weekly opportunities to shop for free clothing and small household items. It is a place where people from all walks of life have an opportunity to build relationships. The foundations of this intentionally cross-cultural, multi-racial community lie in the affirmation of God’s love for all people. You are invited to support this ministry by donating funds to help with its operation, by donating gently used or new clothing and household items, or by serving anytime it is open. Read More
Missed Last Week's Sermon?
Sunday, May 6
6th Sunday of Easter
Preachers: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Scripture: Luke 11:1-13
Sermon: "Does Prayer Really Change Things?"
Within our Congregation
Health: Francis Allen; Gabriel Baker; Randolph Bias; Gary Diehl; Merianne Gaston; Marijo Hartman; Gene Lyerly; Andrea Peck; Beverly Silas; Pearl Spears; and Chuck Watt.
Condolences: to Kim Block and Riley Nix on the death of their cousin, George Marshall, and friend, Billy Carroll, and to Bill Turner on the death of his father, James Robert.
Other: Travel mercies for Pattie Kane and Mary Kathryn.
Beyond our Congregation
Robbie Ausley’s sister-in-law, Sue Holt; Cheryl Bias’ niece, Lauren; Ed and Jan Berger’s friend, Malcolm St. Romain; Fay Brown’s sister, Jo Rene Altenburg; Jenna Deschenes’ friend, Jessica Carr; Bennett and Meisa Ezekiel’s friend, Dev Reddy; Curtis Fuelberg’s friend, Nicky White; Ron Hall’s friend, Linda; Lori Huang’s friend, Anthony Listy; Alice Parrish’s friend, D’Anna Wick; Mary Faye Randolph’s friends, David and Patti Rodriquez, and their mother, Minnie Rodriquez; Justin and Erin Scarth’s friends, Chad Burnette and Lisa Whatley; Donna Shands’ daughter, June; Tanua Synder’s son, Charles Synder; Leslie Story’s father, Neel Richardson; Alan Stephens’ father, Carl Stephens; Ann Venno’s friend, Mary Rose Hecksel; and Dick Young’s nephew, Jeff Young.
Condolences: to Maggie Boyd on the death of her sister.
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